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Fri
02
Nov

Frances Lucile Stencel

Frances Lucile Stencel, 81, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. Her body is gone, but her spirit is in heaven with Jesus. 

She was born Feb. 20, 1937, to Francis Baird and Lula Irene (Ferguson) Gunn. Frances graduated high school in Jacksonville, Ill. and continued her education at Illinois College in Jacksonville,  and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., obtaining her master’s degree in education. 

Wed
31
Oct

Semi driver escapes rollover

A semi driver ended up with minor injuries after the truck and tractor he was driving rolled over in Woodman Township Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Just before 10:15 a.m., a semi, driven by Darrin Christen, 52, of Argyle, was operating a 2015 Western Star semi, owned by Klassy Trucking, of Monticello, and negotiating a curve when he attempted to avoid hitting several deer in the roadway. Christian was unable to maintain control of the semi, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to officials. He was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel EMS for treatment of his minor injuries. 

Wed
31
Oct

Citation issued after 2-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, at  5:35 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 60, just east of Mara Lane, in the village of Wauzeka.

Cory D. Flesch, 43, Platteville, was operating a 1999 Jeep Wrangler westbound on State Highway 60. Christine Ohlhauser, 44, Wauzeka, was operating a 2009 Kia Optima westbound on State Highway 60, behind the Flesch vehicle. Flesch was slowing his vehicle while approaching multiple vehicles traveling at a slow rate of speed who were following a tractor. While slowing, the Ohlhauser vehicle struck the rear end of the Flesch vehicle. Flesch and his passenger, Mystique L. Bennett, 34, Platteville, were uninjured and were both wearing their seat belts. Ohlhauser was uninjured and was also wearing her seat belt. Both vehicles were driven from the scene of the crash.

Wed
31
Oct

Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County ensures voting security


On Tuesday, election volunteers Marilyn Nies (left) and Sandy McClusky (right) tested the Prairie du Chien wards 1 and 6 touch screen voting machines by casting various voting scenarios, as dictated by city clerk Tina Fuller. Once they went through all eight scenarios, they matched the machine’s tape with the ballots cast to ensure the machines were correctly recording the votes. This process was done by all city wards and county municipalities. (Photo by Correne Martin)

Prairie du Chien ward 6 election chief Marilyn Nies casts a test ballot as the city conducted its annual public test of the touch screen voting machines Tuesday, Oct. 30.

By Correne Martin

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office regularly makes election security a priority. Though, with the increased concern over the vulnerability of America’s electronic voting systems, Clerk Janet Geisler said doing so is especially critical.

“I wish there was a way I could make voters feel more secure,” she stated. “I know people are concerned about the voting machines, but they are not, in any way, shape or form, connected to the Internet.” Geisler added that she’s participated in a number of recounts over the years, and they’ve “always come out correct.”

Also to ensure security, the state has more heavily emphasized webinars about safety measures this year as well. 

Wed
31
Oct

Crawford County quietly observes 200th birthday


The rectangular section on the left, drawn on the map above, represents land established as Crawford County in 1818.

By Correne Martin

Crawford County was once so substantial in size that it covered the western half of what would become Wisconsin, nearly halfway up the state, according to Prairie du Chien historian Mary Antoine. It encompassed the land we know today as Iowa, Portage, Dane, St. Croix, Sauk, Richland, Chippewa, Vernon, La Crosse and Clark counties.

On Oct. 9, Crawford County quietly observed its 200th birthday. Much is chronicled in local history about its origination, though the public is generally unaware.

Wed
31
Oct

Huser, Katzung run like the wind at State Cross Country


Amber Huser and Meg Katzung are all smiles at the State Cross Country Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday. (Photos submitted)

The Prairie du Chien cross country team showed their support for Meg Katzung and Amber Huser Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Meg Katzung hits her stride at the state cross country championship Saturday.

Amber Huser kept good running form throughout the state cross country meet.

 

At the Division 2 WIAA Cross Country State Championships in Wisconsin Rapids on Oct. 27, we hear the gentle sound of the runner’s feet coming around the bend. Beach Boys fans close their eyes and start to pick up “Good Vibrations.” 

Christopher Cross says we’ve got such a long way to go to make it to the finish line. So watch us as we run like the wind. As the race went on and the finish was getting near, our legs weak, no time to sleep, we ran like the wind to be free one more time. 

Wed
31
Oct

River Ridge fans, school, coaches and team excited for state tournament


Just as they have all season, River Ridge students, staff and fans are sure to be out in force at the state volleyball tournament in Green Bay. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

For the first time ever the River Ridge High School volleyball team will compete in the 46th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament to be held at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Tue
30
Oct

Michael J. 'Mick' Cull

Michael J. “Mick” Cull, 81, of Bloomington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our House Senior Living Memory Care in Richland Center. 

He was born July 17, 1937, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Kenneth and Marie (Mergen) Cull. Mick graduated from Bloomington High School in 1955. He farmed on the Cull Family Farm in Little Grant Township, where he raised beef and hogs until his retirement. Mick was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #4416 in Bloomington, and he was also a member of the Grant County Cattlemen’s Association.

Mick is survived by his sister, MaryAnn (Phil) Ryan; nieces, Annie M. Cull and Rochelle Cull; and nephews; Michael (Cheryl) Ryan, James (Sheila) Ryan and Tony (Pegi) Cull.

Tue
30
Oct

Jeanne M. Ruehlow

Jeanne M. Ruehlow, 63, of Savannah, Ga., and originally from Prairie du Chien, passed on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Jeanne was born on Nov. 11, 1954, to the late William J. and Ellen “Honey” A. (Kramer) Walker, who raised six girls in Prairie du Chien. Jeanne graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1973 and then from Upper Iowa University.

Jeanne married Donald C. Ruehlow in 1977, and together they had two children, Nicole and Daniel.

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